Re: [PATCH 2/2] git-submodule: support 'rm' command.

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On Mon, 25 Jun 2012 18:58:36 +0200
Jens Lehmann <Jens.Lehmann@xxxxxx> wrote:

> Am 25.06.2012 12:57, schrieb Michał Górny:
> > Add an 'rm' command to git-submodule which provides means to
> > (semi-)easily remove git submodules.
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Michał Górny <mgorny@xxxxxxxxxx>
> > ---
> > Right now, it requires the submodule checkout to be removed manually
> > first (so it does not remove unstaged commits), and just removes
> > the index entry and module information from config.
> > 
> > I based it on 'cmd_add' code trying to preserve the original coding
> > standards.
> I really like the goal of this patch but would prefer that "git rm"
> learns how to remove submodules instead of adding more code to the
> script.

My main intent was, like Phil already pointed out, to provide
a counterpart to 'git submodule add'. I don't mind 'git rm' supporting
removing submodules but that's not exactly what I would consider...

What I'm trying to express is that if I added a submodule using 'git
submodule add', I would expect to have 'git submodule rm'. Honestly, I
didn't even think about trying using 'git rm' on a submodule.
The correct results of such a call are hard to predict to me.

> Also it shouldn't be necessary for the user to remove the directory
> by hand before running "git rm". At least all files recorded in the
> submodule can be removed (and if the submodule uses a gitfile that
> can be removed too). Then all that is left are untracked files the
> user has to decide what to do with (which might be removed too when
> running "git rm --recurse-submodules=untracked").

Except for the untracked files there may also be commits which were not
pushed anywhere. Honestly, I didn't want to get into that risky area in
the first patch.

As the next step, I'd see adding a '--force' option to actually enforce
removing the directory. But I'd like the basics to start working first,
then consider harder things.

> > ++
> > +This command removes the submodule from the current git index,
> > +the .gitmodules file and the local repository config.
> It should not be removed from .git/config by default. The user may
> have special settings there and the presence in .git/config shows
> he cared about having the submodule checked out, which should not
> be revoked by just removing the submodule from the work tree.
> Unless he removes the config from there himself he should get back
> a populated submodule when he checks out an earlier commit and says
> "git submodule update".

Ok, I will change that.

Best regards,
Michał Górny

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